Out of the (Art) Box Wrap Up

Out of the (Art) Box 2020 is a wrap! This innovative installation competition has been at WMA (in various forms) since 2010. But wait! What’s an installation you ask? The Tate explains, “the term installation art is used to describe large-scale, mixed-media constructions, often designed for a specific place or for a temporary period of time.” Out of the (Art) Box invites teams of high school and, now, middle school students to the museum to create an installation based on a theme and in a designated space, both given to them upon arrival. The museum provides limited supplies and each team may bring with them one box of supplies that they think could be useful. Oh, and they only have two days to design and build their works. Each team is paired with a mentor to help guide their process. The competed works remain on display throughout Youth Art Month. It’s utter chaos at the museum for two days but the end results are always worth it!

Oh, the chaos!
Oh, the chaos!

This year’s competition saw five teams, two of which were middle school-a first for this
competition. Our teams this year were:

Dothan High School: Anna Do, Logann Shorter, Vada Snuggs, Camden Thornton, Ashanti Williams

D. A. Smith Middle School: SaraBeth Henry, JaMya Thornton, DaNashia McCoy, Aubrietta Rodgers, Synphanie Barrett, Khamis Gantt

Early County High School: Carol Cockrum, Savanah Craft, Akira Graham, Alexander Hooper, Jordan Smith

Enterprise High School: Kaitlyn Flanders, Shane Gant, Makayla Harvey, Lillian Levesque, Jayden Quire, Victoria Smith

Wicksburg High School: Avery Lewis, Madelyn Viera, Sarah Asbill, Emily Espinoza, Madelyn Clark, Talyn Bond

Judge Allison Spence giving feedback to the team from Wicksburg High
School.
Judge Allison Spence giving feedback to the team from Wicksburg High School.

Our judge this year was Allison Spence, an Assistant Professor of Art from Florida State University.
Her feedback/critique for each team was excellent, as she took time to really dissect each
installation and to ask questions of each team before moving on to the next. She had truly
wonderful things to say about each installation but in the end, there can be only one Judge’s Choice
award.

This year that prize ($500 for their school’s art program) went to Enterprise High School and their
piece, I Leave to You, based on the theme of LEGACY. Their artist statement reads,

“Our installation centers around a young soldier and his daughter. The soldier
is depicted standing alongside his young child. We hoped to connect our
theme, legacy, from both literal and figurative standpoints. We did this by
creating objects that could have been passed on from the soldier to his
daughter, including his values and qualities. The central values and qualities
we’ve chosen to address include fortune, bravery/commitment, knowledge,
and a strong connection to family. As a symbol of these we used the bear,
coins, army cap, and handkerchief. The flow of our newspaper pieces up the
pyramid and reaching from the soldier’s heart and outward shows the legacy
being passed on with the honorable death of our soldier. While the American
flag stands tall and proud, contributing the mark of our main character’s
legacy on his country. And as the soldier’s legacy is passed on, we’d like to
connect our installation to the world, interpreting the idea that everyone
wants to make a legacy of their own.”

Enterprise High School’s I Leave to You.
Enterprise High School’s I Leave to You.

The Peer’s Choice Award ($250 for their school’s art program) winner this year was Dothan High
School and their untitled piece based on the theme of OPPORTUNITY. Their artist statement, reads,

“The word we were given to base our installation around was opportunity. To
us, opportunity is the choices we are able to take to achieve our dream.
Sometimes things may drag you down and keep you from taking these steps
and taking these chances, but those are things we are able to overcome. We
have to overcome the dark to reach the bright colors and light that is our
dreams. By utilizing the opportunities the world gives us and working hard,
we can be anything.”

Dothan High School with their installation.
Dothan High School with their installation.

We were fortunate to have some returning mentors this year as well as two first time mentors
guiding our young artists. We allowed the mentors to choose their teams, so that they could
determine where they would be the best fit. We also scheduled several roving mentor sessions in
which every team received feedback from all of the mentors. We are so grateful that they shared
their time, talent, and expertise with our teams!

ArtBox 2020 mentors from left to right: Jennifer Sheffield, Amelia Ferrell,
Orran Scruggs, Brandon Rice, and Sarah Painter.
ArtBox 2020 mentors from left to right: Jennifer Sheffield, Amelia Ferrell, Orran Scruggs, Brandon Rice, and Sarah Painter.

Out of the (Art) Box is one of my favorite events that we host at the museum. It’s so inspiring to see
the students collaborating to make their visions manifest. I am amazed by their work ethic and
grace under pressure and, of course, by the work they create in such a short amount of time. One of
our core values at the museum revolves around excellence in education. We strive to provide life-
changing educational experiences through research and direct interactions with visual art. ArtBox
is one way we fulfill this promise. If you teach middle or high school students in the Wiregrass area,
consider putting a team together for ArtBox 2021! It really is a life changing event!

Interested in putting a team together for Out of the (Art) Box 2021? Think you have what it takes to
mentor a team? Contact educator Brook McGinnis for more information about this exciting
opportunity! brook@wiregrassmuseum.org

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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